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Thor #12: Review

Apr 2019
Jason Aaron, Mike del Mundo

Story Name:

The War of the Lokis

Review & Comments

3 stars

Thor #12 Review by (April 17, 2019)

Review: Understanding Loki used to be easy: he was a bad guy who hated Thor and liked tricking people. But then in the 'teens he started taking on complexity, after which his character was rather hard to discern, Boy Loki being especially complex. And with every major change the writer wants us to explore the contradictions in his character and then it gets murky. This makes the comic rough going for those who are not intimately familiar with the character's complicated history over the last decade. Or you can ignore it all and just go on picturing Tom Hiddleston.

Comments: Story follows Loki from the end of WAR OF THE REALMS #1. Thor does not appear in his own title this issue (though he is on the cover with a few more non-appearing characters).


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #12 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Loki finds himself in an eerie wasteland, unaware of how he got there. He is in the center of a field of Dark Elf and Troll corpses and is met by Viking-era Loki who tells him that he caused this war for fun after being defeated by Thor over the matter of Erika the Red (issue #7). An Elf boy, assistant to the undertaker goes by, collecting corpses for the pyre. Loki realizes this is young Malekith and, with it, the realization that the war he himself started created the villain who is now destroying the realms. He tries to plead with the boy but learns he is incorporeal because he is dead, eaten by Laufey at the end of WAR OF THE REALMS #1. His Viking self banishes him tot he next stop on his ghostly journey....

Laufey is slaughtering all of the giants he accuses of putting roses on his doorstep; Loki himself did it in an attempt to honor his father on Father's Day. He is met by Boy Loki whom he betrayed many series earlier. Loki explains that he didn't ant to be the villain anymore; Boy Loki tells him that ended when he stabbed Freyja in the back in THOR (2015 series #5) no matter his supposedly good intentions. Loki is being punished not for his bad deeds but the admiration of himself while doing them. He then shoves Loki along to his next self....

And this turns out to be Loki the Necrogod, the future villain, changed by the Necrosword to destroy everything; Loki is appalled that he will become the greatest monster that ever lived. Loki convinces himself that since this is all in his mind he can stop this if he concentrates—and he's right: he awakens in the stomach of his father Laufey....

Mike del Mundo
Mike del Mundo
Mike del Mundo
Mike del Mundo (Cover Penciler)
Mike del Mundo (Cover Inker)
Mike del Mundo (Cover Colorist)


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